Review Article

Challenges of clinical accompaniment amongst undergraduate nursing students: University of KwaZulu-Natal

Seaka Ramoeletsi, Boikhutso Tlou
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 29 | a2535 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v29i0.2535 | © 2024 Seaka Ramoeletsi, Boikhutso Tlou | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 October 2023 | Published: 05 July 2024

About the author(s)

Seaka Ramoeletsi, Department of Public Health, Discipline of Public Health Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Boikhutso Tlou, Department of Public Health, Discipline of Public Health Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Clinical accompaniment is an activity predominantly supervised by the clinical facilitator to develop the skills of the students. In South Africa, clinical accompaniment aims to develop the skills of the students to equip them in delivering efficient health services to the patients. Previous studies revealed that students experienced challenges and were negatively affected due to inadequate clinical accompaniment in the learning practice.

Aim: The aim was to determine the challenges faced by University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) undergraduate nursing students during their clinical accompaniment.

Methods: An observational cross-sectional study design, with an analytic component was implemented. Questionnaires were used to collect data. Of the 400 registered nursing students, 245 were undergraduates; of these, 241 consented to participate in this study. Data captured into SPSS Statistics Package V28. ANOVA were used in comparing challenges amongst participants. A p-value less than 0.05 was considered significant.

Results: A total of 241 participants responded to the questionnaires, which yielded a response rate of 98.4%. This study comprised first-year (32.4%), second-year (32.8%) and third-year (34.9%) students. There was no remarkable difference in terms of challenges amongst study participants (1st; 2nd; 3rd), p=0.592.

Conclusion: This study revealed the challenges faced by undergraduate nursing students during their clinical accompaniment.

Contribution: Study results might assist in developing effective guidelines to resolve the challenges encountered by students.


Keywords

clinical accompaniment; clinical learning practice; facilitation; challenges; student nurses; clinical setting; clinical supervision; clinical learning environment

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 4: Quality education

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